Police Nab 15 for Selling Bogus COVID-19 Test Results at Soekarno-Hatta Airport

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    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe criminal investigation team of Soekarno-Hatta Airport Police detained 15 people of a syndicate allegedly forging negative results of COVID-19 swab tests, rapid antibody tests, or rapid antigen tests at the airport.

    “The health documents are negative results of swab tests from various health institutions, which are mandatory to board air transport modes,” said the airport's police chief, Sr. Comr. Adi Ferdian Saputra, on Monday, Jan. 18.

    The suspects, he added, were arrested at different times and places.

    The airport police’s chief of criminal investigation unit, Comr. Akhmad Alexander Yurikho, reiterated that the suspects were active employees at the airport.

    “They took advantage of the pandemic situation and condition,” said Iman, adding that the syndicate had run the business from October 2020 to January 2021.

    The Soekarno-Hatta Airport Police have also questioned directors and officers of Naraya Medical Center and Parma Lab, the health institutions that issued the counterfeit health documents. “They are examined as witnesses,” said Alexander.

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    JONIANSYAH HARDJONO (CONTRIBUTOR)